University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

UWM Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Digital Collections and Initiatives

Ann Hanlon, Head, Digital Collections and Initiatives

Program Overview

UWM Digital Commons is a virtual showcase for UWM’s research and creative profiles, administered by the UWM Libraries. Members of the UWM academic community are encouraged to contribute scholarship for long-term preservation and worldwide electronic accessibility.
  • Publishing activities began: 2012
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 0.5
  • Individual people: 2
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget, Non-library campus budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Grey literature
  • Journals

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 1
  • Campus-based student-created: 1
  • Peer-reviewed: 1


Top Publications:
  • ETDs
  • International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • English Rhetoric
  • Archaeology/Anthropology
  • Public History
  • Geography


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs, Individual faculty, Graduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Only work with internal partners
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • text
Software & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)

Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Preservica